Cam was just kicking off the writeup for today’s Ramblings when something came up and he had to bail. So here I am! But first, I’ll paste the tidbit that he did manage to get done (other than his intro and the start of his next point):
Vincent Trocheck to CAR
I love this deal for the Hurricanes. Hell, I love a ton of what Carolina has been doing of late. I firmly believe that they have some of the very best pro and amateur scouts in the business. They targetted a cost-controlled, effective second-line pivot and brought him in without sacrificing any A-prospects, draft picks, or core players from their lineup.
Trocheck will immediately slide into the departed Erik Haula's spot on the team's 'third line'. If you're asking me though, this is the second line. Trocheck between Nino Niederreiter and rookie, Martin Necas is a slick unit with a lot of play-driving potential.
Trocheck has been a 50ish-point pace player for four of the last five seasons. That one-off was a 75-point affair in 2017-18. My expectation is that he should fall somewhere in the middle longterm in Carolina. The 26-year-old will need to carve out a spot on the top power-play unit – something that didn't happen in his first game with the new club, in order to hit the lofty numbers.
Regardless, I like this for him, the Canes and the fantasy landscape.
It turns out that Cam was right. That was indeed the line combo – and the line was arguably the most dominant. All four Carolina lines were dominant, completely controlling the game. But Anton Khudobin stole the game. Literally highway robbery. Would Carolina have won that game with Robin Lehner in net? Yep. Absolutely. For the Hurricanes to have James Reimer out long-term, and Petr Mrazek out "questionable" (they say it's not serious but it sure as hell looked serious to me), they really want to put their fate in the hands of Alex Nedeljkovic? Anton Forsberg? Really? When the playoff race is this tight